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The 2008–09 Detroit Pistons season was the 68th season of the franchise, the 61st in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 52nd in the Detroit area. The season was the first under new head coach Michael Curry, who took over for Flip Saunders who was fired at the conclusion of the 2007–08 season.

2008–09 Detroit Pistons season
Head coachMichael Curry
General managerJoe Dumars
Owner(s)William Davidson
Karen Davidson
ArenaThe Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record39–43 (.476)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Cavaliers 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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In the playoffs, the Pistons were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games in the First Round.

During the season, the Pistons traded Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Allen Iverson. McDyess was waived by the Nuggets and was re-signed by the Pistons. It was their first losing season since the 2000–01 NBA season, and the first time they didn't reach the Eastern Conference Finals since the 2001–02 NBA season. The 2008–09 season was also the last time the Pistons qualified for the playoffs, until the 2015–16 season. Following the season, Rasheed Wallace signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics and Iverson left to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies and Curry was fired.

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Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 29 D. J. White (traded to Seattle) PF   United States Indiana
2 59 Deron Washington SG/SF   United States Virginia Tech

On the day of the draft, the Pistons traded D. J. White to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for the rights to Seattle's number 32 and number 46 picks. The picks were used to select Walter Sharpe from Alabama–Birmingham and Trent Plaisted from Brigham Young, respectively.[1]

RosterEdit

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 28   Afflalo, Arron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
F/C 38   Brown, Kwame 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Glynn Academy HS (GA)
G 12   Bynum, Will 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Georgia Tech
G/F 32   Hamilton, Richard 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Connecticut
F 5   Herrmann, Walter 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
G 1   Iverson, Allen 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Georgetown
F 25   Johnson, Amir 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Westchester HS (CA)
F/C 54   Maxiell, Jason 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Cincinnati
F/C 24   McDyess, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Alabama
F 22   Prince, Tayshaun 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kentucky
F 42   Sharpe, Walter 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Alabama–Birmingham
G 3   Stuckey, Rodney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Eastern Washington
F/C 30   Wallace, Rasheed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805 39–2 27–14 13–3 82
x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25 28–13 13–28 9–7 82
x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27 21–20 18–23 7–9 82
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30 25–16 11–30 7–9 82
Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32 22–19 12–29 4–12 82
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805
2 y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4
3 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19
5 x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47

Game logEdit

2008–09 game log
2015–16 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

2009 playoff game log
2016 playoff schedule

TradesEdit

June 26, 2008
To Detroit Pistons
Draft rights to both Trent Plaisted and Walter Sharpe
To Seattle SuperSonics
Draft rights to D. J. White
November 3, 2008
To Detroit Pistons
Allen Iverson[2]
To Denver Nuggets
Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit